LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai Police Department Chief Darryl Perry is back on the job Monday after Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. placed him on leave for more than a month.
According to Carvalho, the decision was made after discussions with the administration, legal teams, the Kauai Police Commission and with Perry.
"While I still firmly believe that I have the authority to take the actions that resulted in the
Chief being placed on leave, I also believe that through discussion with the Commission we
have reached a place of consensus on how the department should be managed beginning
today," Carvalho said.
"I'd like to echo the Mayor's comments and I look forward to continued collaboration with
the Commission and the Mayor," Perry said. "I'd like to thank the members of the Commission and the general public for your support over the past weeks.
Sources told Hawaii New Now that Perry was placed on leave following a hostile work environment complaint filed by a female police officer.
Perry tried to return to work with the backing of the Kauai Police Commission, but was locked out of his office.
Details regarding the employee complaint have not been released by county officials. The incident remains under investigation.
"I'm glad that we've reached an agreement that has facilitated the Chief coming back to
work," Kauai Police Commission Chair Ernest Kanekoa, Jr. said. "The Commission members had instructed me to work with the Mayor and the Chief in order to make this happen, and I'm pleased that we've been able to achieve this."